Worship: July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

God-Inspired Joy

 Visitors: Welcome to our church.  Please sign our guest book!  If you do not have a church home, we pray that you will find one with us.  We have large-print bulletins available, as well as hearing assistance devices.  Please ask an usher if you require either of these.  Restrooms are located in the church school building.  Go through the door next to the choir loft, and straight ahead.  We also have restrooms downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  Again, exit through the door next to the choir loft, turn left down the hall, and go down the steps. 

 We Gather In Awe And Wonder



Chime Interlude And Candle Lighting

Leader:         Loving Spirit, you have chosen us to receive your light, and we light a candle as a sign of our gratitude.

All:               Friend, Advocate, Guide—Lord Jesus you enfold us in your love, and we light a candle to celebrate your Presence, in which we rest.

Leader:         Holy God, you have drawn us to your wonder, as you set your seal upon us in our baptism.  We light a candle in amazement that you care for each and every one of us, as your own child.

All:               We light three candles for the Holy Trinity that loves, redeems, and sustains us.

Response: “Great Are You, Lord“……………………….#614

*Call To Worship

Leader:         God calls to us:  Come, gather here and spend time in my company.  Here we will speak of the things of faith and ponder the ways of wisdom.  You are my kin, you who have known me so long and are so familiar with my ways, will you sit with me, will you be open to what is new in the old, what is unusual in the familiar?  Will you tussle with my word and let it draw you out of the ordinary into the extraordinary?  Will you let it stir you up and unsettle you?  Will you be open to my transforming power?

 *Hymn: “O God, in a Mysterious Way” ……………………#30


All:               God of grace, we hear your call but we are not always at our best, at our most accepting and open-minded when we come to worship.  Often we rush in, bursting with the circumstances of our lives, and so preoccupied with other things.  Here and now we stop, we breathe out, we let go of distractions, and we settle into your company.  Amen.

We Recognize Our Brokenness

Prayer Of Confession

Leader:         There is a tale told that while Leonardo da Vinci was working on The Last

                     Supper, he got into an argument with a fellow painter. He was so offended and angry with this person that out of spite he painted that man’s face as the face of Judas.  But then, when he came to paint the face of Christ he couldn’t do it.  He couldn’t visualize the face of Christ.  Da Vinci put down his brush and went to find the man with whom he had had the argument.  They both apologized and forgave one another.  That evening Leonardo da Vinci had a dream and in that dream he saw the face of Christ.  He quickly got up from his bed and finished painting.

God of reconciliation, when we have disagreements and disputes it is easy to paint the person with whom we disagree in a bad light; as ignorant, ill-informed, even bad, wicked or evil.  We refuse to see your face in the face of the one who has offended us.  We feel justified in our offence because we say we know you and know your ways.  But we are like the people of your boyhood town, blinded by offence, unable to see that something out of the ordinary is standing before us.  We are like the towns that would not welcome your disciples.  Will you admonish us?  Will you shake the dust of our offence off your feet and leave us?  (A time for silent prayers of confession.)

 Assurance Of God’s Forgiveness

Leader:         God’s grace is sufficient; it does not admonish and rebuke us for our weakness, but embraces us in our weakness.  The spirit is always before us offering us this transforming grace.  Let go of the transgressions that hold you in pain and suffering and feel the liberating power of forgiveness.

 Reading Of The Scripture:   2 Corinthians 12: 2-10 (N.T., pg. 174)

Faith Lesson For All Ages

Anthem:   “Holy Is the Lord/ Holy, Holy, Holy”……. arr. Heather Sorenson

Morgan, piano solo

Reading Of The Gospel:   Mark 6: 1-13 (N.T., pg. 38)

 We Reflect On New Possibilities

*Hymn: “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”……………..#761

Pastoral Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

  (Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.)

Our Offering: Our financial offering is one way that our members participate in the mission and ministry of this church. We thank you for your financial support.  For those of you who are visiting, please feel no need to participate in the offering.  This worship service is our gift to you.

 Offertory:   “Improvisation on Resignation”……………..arr. Joseph Martin

Morgan, piano solo

*Doxology:   “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings”………….….#606

*Prayer Of Dedication

Leader:         We give these gifts freely and without conditions, may they flow into the world, even into places we would not particularly choose, and bring transformation and nourishment to all those in need.  Amen.

We Go Forth To Live Transformed Lives

*Closing Hymn: “O Jesus, I Have Promised” ……………..….#724


Leader:         Go out into God’s world with a commitment to make others feel loved, and welcomed.  And know that you yourselves are loved and welcomed by God, who has called you by name and knows you by heart.  Amen.

*Choral Benediction:   “Shall We Gather at the River”…………#375, v. 2

*Chime Meditation


*Where noted, please stand if able.      


July’s Proverb:  

Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold.                   Proverbs 3: 13-14

 Zion’s Bake Sale on Sunday, July 29, during McDannell’s “Customer Appreciation Day.”   You may drop off your bake sale items on Saturday, July 28, in the large Sunday School room for our committee to price.  If you can’t make it to Arendtsville on Saturday, you may bring them to church that Sunday morning and someone will deliver them to McDannell’s.  Don’t feel like baking?  Cash donations are always accepted.  Better yet, why not come to McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market and buy something to take home to enjoy!   Suggestions are Rice Krispie Squares, Pies, Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Raisin Cookies, Brownies, Homemade Jams, Jellies and Fudge.  Proceeds to go toward our Capital Improvement Fund.  Any questions, contact Roger or Wayne.

 The Summer Conversational Series “What Then Shall We Say?” focuses on scriptural reflection and conversation on the issues of our day.  These conversations will look at scripture for central guidance when considering issues of hunger, community life, immigration, and the Christian’s voice in political discourse. The gathering will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 8, 15, 29, and August 5 around the fire pit at Trinity, Arendtsville.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair, and bug spray if you feel so inclined! 

Vacation Bible School is quickly approaching and is being held July 16-20 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran.  This year’s theme is … “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus!”  All travelers of the community, Age 3 to Grade 6, who enjoy the high seas are invited to join us as we make ready for an adventurous week.

 Mama Mia! at the Totem Pole Playhouse – Only a few more days are left to obtain one of the few group tickets left for the August 4 matinee performance of Mama Mia, a show guaranteed to be the hit of the 2018 Totem Pole season. Final count and balance due is required by July 9, so be sure to contact Debra soon if you want to be included in an enjoyable afternoon outing with fellow Zion members.

Zion’s Financial Data

Income through June – $85,953.52

Expenses through June – $95,536.78

Deficit – $9,583.26

Heating System Capital Campaign (As of June 24, 2018)
Received one-time contributions $98,706
Monetary value of pledges received $33,300
Pledges received thus far in cash

Total cash received ($98,706 + $28,441)=



 *Anything over and above our $124,000 goal is being placed in the capital improvement fund.

Sign up Sheets For Our Fall Sunday School are now available in the hallway outside the art room and in the sign up book on the credenza? See Jessica with questions.

The Flower Chart is posted in the vestibule.  Dates available are July 29 and August 12.   When Paying For Altar Flowers, please give payment to the altar guild representative for that month. A check payment is preferred. Altar flowers are from The Flower Boutique with a florist’s choice $35 arrangement cost.

Community Aid Clothing Bin is available in the Zion House parking lot for clothing donations along with shoes, accessories, draperies, and bed linens. We receive funds each quarter based upon the weight of items deposited in the container, and those funds are used toward the Mission BudgetFor the first quarter of 2018, Zion received $272.  After your yard sales, consider donating unsold appropriate items to the bin.

 Single Serve, Microwaveable Cups Of Macaroni And Cheese are being collected to benefit John’s Meals.  The cups need not be a brand name (like Kraft); store brand is fine.  We are aiming to provide 200 cups each month and they may be placed in the cupboard in the rear of the church. The 18-pkg boxes of single-serve Mac and Cheese is also a good donation. It is cheaper and easier to store (boxes).  Any questions, please see Chris.  As always, thank you so much for your faithful support of this ministry.

 Greeter And Bulletin Sponsorship Sign-Up Sheets are on the credenza.

Greeters are needed for August 12, 19, 26.

 Coming Up Next Week:

July 6-15, REACH to Vassar, Michigan

July 9, Ladies’ breakfast, Apple Bin, 9:00 am

 Looking Forward:

July 16-20, VBS, Trinity Lutheran, 6:15 – 8 pm

July 29, McDannell’s Bake Sale and Ice Cream Fund Raiser

July 29, Fire pit fellowship, Zion Hse, 6:00 pm

Aug. 4, Mami Mia!, Totem Pole, 2:00 pm

Aug. 5, Communion, infant baptism, 9:00 am

Aug. 5, Peach sundaes to benefit Biesecker twins, McDannell’s, 11 am – 4 pm

Aug. 11, South Mountain Ramblers, Meet at Mansion at King’s Gap

Aug. 12, Curt Matthews Eagle ceremony, Sanctuary, 2:00 pm